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An excellent analysis of Sr. Keehan’s dissent – UPDATED! January 14, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, Dallas Diocese, foolishness, General Catholic, religious, scandals, sickness, Society.
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Sr. Carol Keehan, the head of the ‘catholic’ hospital trade group “Catholic Health Association,” was instrumental in getting Obamacare passed, in spite of it’s numerous abortion funding mechanisms.  A priest from the Diocese of Fall River, Massachussetts, examines her behavior both then, and during Bishop Olmstead’s battle to keep the Catholic identity of hospitals in his Diocese intact (Phoenix) – a battle he ultimately lost, when the hospital refused to adhere to Catholic doctrine and can no longer call itself Catholic:

The first is the response of the CEO and President of the Catholic Health Association (CHA), Sr. Carol Keehan, to the hospital’s actions and Bishop Olmsted’s episcopal reaction. After Bishop Olmsted’s decree, Sr. Keehan released an email statement praising St. Joseph’s and stating that the hospital made the right call in carrying out the abortion. The hospital, she asserted, “carefully evaluated the patient’s situation and correctly applied the ‘Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services’ to it, saving the only life that was possible to save.” In other words, she suggested, not only was Bishop Olmsted dead wrong in his conclusion that St. Joseph’s had violated the ERDs, but also the U.S. Bishops’ Conference’s Committee on Doctrine, which on June 23 published a doctrinal note underlining that the Phoenix procedure was a direct abortion that was “intrinsically wrong” and “never permissible because a good end cannot justify an evil means.” Her intellectually unsustainable position was that she — not Bishop Olmsted and not even the Bishops’ Doctrine Committee — was a better interpreter of the ERDs than the bishops who themselves wrote them. She also failed to mention that the saving of the mother’s life occurred through the direct killing of her child’s.

Sr. Keehan’s actions in the Phoenix case show a similar pattern to her interventions during the national health care debate last year. Sr. Keehan did not say what is legitimately inferred from her emailed statement, that she, in contrast to clear Church teaching, supports a direct abortion in the case of a pregnant woman whose life is at stake.  Instead, she pretended as if she agreed with the bishops’ directives, but only quibbled with their application to the facts of the Phoenix woman and child. During the health care debate, when the bishops came out in opposition to the final version of the bill because it had several surreptitious mechanisms for public funding of abortions. Sr. Keehan’s response was that the bishops were again wrong, not on the principled conclusion that the evil of funding abortions would outweigh the good of vastly extending health care benefits, but on the “facts,” insisting that the bill did not fund abortions despite multiple reputable studies and articles demonstrating how the mammoth bill did. In both cases, she sophistically pretended that the bishops were not wrong on matters of faith and morals but only in their basic ability to read and interpret. In his final speech as President of the U.S. Bishops’ Conference in November, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago called out this attempt to pretend that “only the bishops are too dense to understand complicated pieces of legislation,” retracing the clear evidence of both legislative text and intent and describing how, after passage, a federal agency tried to start funding abortions through three of the mechanisms in the bill.

With regard to the abortion at St. Joseph’s Hospital and to the health care debate, some might say that it shouldn’t be surprising that the head of a trade union representing Catholic Healthcare West and many of the Catholic hospital chains across the country would seek to defend the institutions that fund her organization. But for a Catholic, especially for a religious, such defense shouldn’t be at the expense of the truth and fidelity. Sr. Keehan’s behavior during the health care debates constituted a true scandal and confused many as to whether Catholic legislators and constituents in good conscience could support a bill that funded abortions. Her behavior in the Phoenix situation, rather than calling St. Joseph’s administrators to reconsider their decisions, more likely will lead to their continued defiance of the ERDs and direct other Catholic hospitals down the same immoral course. Jesus spoke in the Gospels about false prophets, wolves in sheep’s clothing, who arise and lead many astray. While her vesture is different, Sr. Keehan, by her actions, is distinguishing herself as one of the most notable of their contemporary number.


One of the most salient characteristics that distinguish Catholics from Protestant Christians and others is our belief in the authority of the Pope and bishops to teach definitively on faith and morals. That legitimate authority — confided by Christ himself when he said, “He who hears you hears me and he who rejects you rejects me” (Lk 10:16) — simply needs to be recognized and accepted by those Catholics and Catholic institutions who seek to remain faithful. Today, as Anne Hendershott pointed out in a Dec 31 article, we’re facing the reality of Catholic hospitals that “shop for theologians to support practices that conflict with church teachings,” much like guilty defendants shop for clever lawyers and soft judges. Theologians, however, do not constitute a “parallel magisterium” with equal authority to the bishops.

The reason I keep harping on Sr. Keehan, and Dr. Rick Gaillardetz, is this “parallel magisterium” issue.  Dr. Gaillardetz not only argues that theologians constitute part of the Magisterium, he feels they ARE the magisterium, a claim unique in Church history until very recently, when many other progressive ‘catholics’ decided to jump on board his train of ‘logic.’  This is incredibly dangerous – when Gaillardetz spoke to the wayward LCWR female religious in Dallas earlier this year, he hinted darkly at a time when the poor, persecuted, misunderstood heretics of that group would have to form their own church, outside the heinous restrictions of TEH PATRIARCHY!  This has the potential to further wound already weak Church unity, and to lead countless souls astray.  Combined with the misbegotten concepts of “the primacy of the individual conscience” and the constant desire to have total freedom of the groin, there is a growing desire among “dissenting catholics” to set up alternate sources of authority who will give them just what they want – the cult of man, man as god, with no hassling morals to get in the way of their sexual freedom.

These people have no authority.  They are leading people further and further into sin.  That is the root problem.  They are separating large numbers from the Body of Christ.  That is the great tragedy of all this.

UPDATE: From Fr. Alban Butler’s great Lives of the Saints, a reflection on the life of today’s Saint – Doctor of the Church St. Hilary of Poitiers:

“Like St. Hilary, we, too, are called to a lifelong contest with heretics; we shall succeed in proportion as we combine hatred of heresy with compassion for its victims.”

I admit it – I hate the “parallel magisterium.”

Fullness of Truth conference in DFW – April 30 & May 1 January 14, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery.
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If you’ve never been to a Fullness of Truth conference, they are really good.  You get some very strong, orthodox catechesis and fellowship with hundreds of like-minded Catholics.  And the conferences are very family friendly.  We haven’t had a Fullness of Truth conference in the DFW area for almost 3 years, but they are coming back this spring!  April 30 and May 1 at the Arlington Convention Center, which is right next to the Ballpark in Arlington.  It’s a nice facility. 

Speakers include the great Dr. Scott Hahn, Michael Barber, and Dr. John Bergsma, who is really entertaining.  I have gotten a great deal out of each Fullness of Truth conference I have attende (three). 

Watch Dr. Bergsma below:

The conference is focusing on the Gospel of St. Matthew, and the talks break down as:

Outline: “Thy Kingdom Come:
Unlocking the Gospel of St. Matthew”

Saturday – April 30th, 2011

Dr. Hahn Ch. -1-2 Overview & Infancy Narrative

Dr. Bergsma Ch. 3-4 – Baptism, Sonship, and Temptation

Dr. Barber Ch. 5-7- Sermon on the Mount

Dr. Hahn Ch. 8-10 – Miracles and Mission Discourse

Sunday – May 1st, 2011

Dr. Hahn Ch. 11-13 – Narrative and Parables of the Kingdom

Dr. Barber Ch. 14-18 – Jesus Instructs Peter & the Twelve

Dr. Bergsma Ch. 19-25 – Jerusalem, Temple, and the Olivet Discourse

Dr. Barber Ch. 26-28 – Passion and Resurrection

They always DO have childcare at these conferences, which are intended for the whole family, but may be boring for kids under 8 or 9.  You can also bring your own chow, or there are many restaurants near the convention center.

I pray I will see you there!

Start your novena of reparation for the disaster of legalized abortion today! January 14, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery, Our Lady.
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Pray this today, through the 22nd.  And don’t forget about the annual pro-life march on Jan. 22!

God and Father of Life,
You have created every human person,
And have opened the way for each to have eternal life. 

We live in the shadow of death.
Tens of millions of your children have been killed
because of the Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion. 

Father, have mercy on us.
Heal our land
And accept our offering of prayer and penance.
In your love for us,
Turn back the scourge of abortion.

May each of us exult in hearts full of hope
And hands full of mercy
And work together to build a culture of life. 

We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

May God have mercy on this nation and all those involved in procuring or supporting a woman’s right to kill her child, and on us for not stopping it yet!

Our Lady of Grace, pray for us!

A Biblical case against ‘versus poplorum’? January 14, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Latin Mass, North Deanery, Our Lady, sadness, scandals.
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So I finished reading Don Pietro Leone’s comparison of the Traditional Latin Mass and the Novus Ordo Mass last night, and it was truly fascinating.  I must first distinguish between the Mass that results from the 1970 Missale Romanum, and the documents of Vatican II – they are not the same thing.  While some argue that Sacrosanctum Concilium and other documents “enabled” the drastic change to the rubrics through vague language, I see a marked contrast between what the documents of Vatican II actually said, and what resulted once the liturgical free for all had made its influence felt.  Anyway, regarding one of the most egregious examples of what I will term ‘abuse’ to come from the 1970 Missal is the ripping away of the altars from the east wall of churches and its replacement with freestanding “table” altars, whose intent was to permit the celebration of Mass “facing the people.”  However, if the tabernacle is left in its intended location, at the center of the wall behind the now freestanding altar (whereas it used to be on the altar), this results not just in “facing the people – versus poplorum” but in turning one’s back to God.  Don Leone notes the following with regard to this:

This arrangement recalls the “abomination” of Ezechiel 8:16, where the priests sacrifice with their backs turned to the Sancta Sanctorum, the Holy of Holies [which in our Catholic Faith is the Eucharistic species in the tabernacle – ED]

In fact the objection that in the Old Rite [traditional Latin Mass – ED] the celebrant celebrates with his back to the people should be met with the rejoinder that the deepest significance of all things is determined by their relation to God, and that in the Old Rite the celebrant faces God [who should always rightly be the object of our worship, both externally and internally – ED], whereas in the New Rite he has his back to God [with a concommitant reduction in the amount of focus on God, and the Mass as the ONLY sacrifice acceptable to God]. 

St Theresa of Avila [doctor of the Chuch, and foundress of the Discalced Carmelite order, one of the bulwarks of Tradition – ED] said that she would have been ready to die to preserve the least of the rubrics of the Holy Mass.  How many times would she not have had to die in these years of change!

The arguments in favor of celebrating “facing the people” include the heightened sense of community and the fact that it may keep people more engaged.  But ‘community’ is a very secondary aspect of the Mass, far less important than that Sacrifice that it continually makes present.  With the priest with his back to the tabernacle, with the enormous reduction of the “stupid, useless repetitions” of genuflections, bows, and signs of the Cross, and with focus on the celebrant as entertainer at times, the focus of the Mass as Sacrifice, one we are unworthy to participate in and definitely unworthy to receive, is lost.  There is no question that eucharistic devotion has fallen immeasurably over the past several decades.  We even have noted theologians claiming that Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, of the Real Presence of our Lord, is foolish, useless, superstitious, and medieval in character.  There is no question in my mind that changes to the rubrics have been a large factor in the reduction of reverence for the Presence of our Lord in the Mass.

The Church proclaimed at the Council of Trent (Trent session XIII can. 6) “whereas anyone rash enough to deny that Adoration is due to the Blessed Sacrament – Anathema Sit”

Friday fun post….. January 14, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness.
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……..also known as, self-indulgence.  It’s fun to ME, see!

in 1080p!

’67 390 4V Mustang GT fastback (with mods) vs. stock ’68 Dodge Charger SE 440 4v.  The Mustang is faster and handles way better (~13.0 @107 mph 1/4 mile vs. ~13.8 @ 101 mph 1/4 mile fo the Charger).

The jazz score is greatness.  Steve McQueen…….cool.